Farming and Climate Change: Measuring Success

Thursday 29th April, 3-5pm.

We stand at a critical moment in history for food and farming.

Accelerating climate change, and a growing awareness of the impact of industrial agriculture on nature, our health and future prosperity have created a moment of opportunity to build a more sustainable farming future.

We need to make farmers globally the stewards of nature, climate and health. If we are to do this, we need to be able to measure the impact of agriculture on our land and oceans: ‘you can’t manage what you can’t measure’. We need a single, harmonised Global Farm Metric.

We believe this metric will be the foundation of change, driving progress towards sustainable, regenerative agriculture on a global scale. Governments could use it to determine the future of farm support, retailers and food companies in their buying policies, banks and investors to guide investment decision making and consumers to better understand the relative sustainability of the products they buy.

To reach agreement on the component parts of a Global Farm Metric, we have formed an international coalition; farmers, government, finance, retailers, regulators & certifiers, and philanthropy to work together to agree this and to drive change.

As part of our TEDx Countdown event on Thursday 29th April, you will hear from leading and inspiring thinkers about why they are part of this growing coalition, how farming can be part of the solution and why a global sustainability metric is essential in our fight against climate change.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At our TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and thoughts about how we can be best equipped to respond to climate change. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised and operates under license from TED.

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If we are to step back from this tipping point, we urgently need engagement and action from all the key players in the global food community – including citizens. 

We hope you’ll join us. 

Click here to read more about our sustainability metrics project.

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About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

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